Weekly Update: State Releases Economic Forecast

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State Releases Economic Forecast

On Wednesday, Washington’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council projected approximately $354 million in extra revenue by 2019, beyond what was previously anticipated thanks, in large part, to a bit the sales tax, the real estate excise tax and a strong economy. Unfortunately, this doesn’t come close to the billions of dollars the state will need for full funding of public schools by 2018 as mandated by the Washington State Supreme Court’s 2012 McCleary decision. In mid-December, Gov. Jay Inslee will release his budget proposal, including a plan to meet the McCleary decision’s requirements.


Success! Seattle Head Tax Rejected

The proposed legislation that would have implemented a head tax on Seattle businesses to fund the Office of Labor Standards was rejected by the full City Council, 5-4, on Nov. 16. This was the second time in 2016 that the idea of a head tax surfaced at City Hall. We anticipate the head tax will pop up again in 2017, but the business community was successful this time around. Thank you to all members who participated in outreach efforts! Learn more about our Seattle advocacy efforts here. For more information, contact Jillian Henze.


Spokane Sick Leave Gets Sunset Clause

The Spokane sick leave ordinance will now end on Dec. 31, 2017, in time for statewide sick leave to start on Jan. 1, 2018. Some of the main differences: Each employee in Spokane accrues one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked whereas statewide it is every 40 hours worked; in Spokane, business with nine or fewer employees may roll over 24 hours of sick time for each employee whereas business with 10 or more employees may roll over 40 hours; the statewide policy has an annual rollover of 40 hours; and businesses must certify they are in compliance by filling out the certification form on the City of Spokane website. For more information, contact Wendy Hughes.


Advisory Network Video: How to Build Sales at Your Restaurant

Watch the newest video in our Advisory Network series! Rick Braa, Principal at AMP Services, tells you how to build sales at your restaurant. In this video, part one of five, he covers tactics for new customer acquisition. If you want to watch all of the videos from the Advisory Network, you can find them here. Consultations with the Washington Hospitality Association Advisory Network is a free member benefit. If you have a question, contact your area coordinator and we’ll put you in touch with one of the Network’s industry experts.


Don’t Miss Washington Tourism Alliance Webinar, Nov. 18

Join the Washington Tourism Alliance for a special grassroots campaign webinar on Friday, Nov. 18 – 1–2 p.m. The election is over and the 2017 Washington State Legislative Session is only a few weeks away. This special webinar will help you get organized for advocacy in favor of a statewide tourism marketing program. The details of the legislation will soon be announced, but our grassroots campaign has already begun. Get all the tools you’ll need to make your voice heard in Olympia! For more information, contact Mike Moe.


Congratulations, Stars of the Industry Award Winners!

Eight individuals were honored by Washington Hospitality Association at the lodging convention on Nov. 7. These employees range from breakfast bar attendants to sales managers, and all exemplify what makes the hospitality industry great. Each of them shows passion for their job, and will move forward for a chance to win a national lodging employee award. Congratulations to all of our award winners!


Seattle Members: Make Your Voices Heard in Health Department Survey

Since 2014, the Seattle & King County Health Department has been looking to implement a new restaurant grading system that will incorporate placards. It is crucial that you take this survey and let the health department know your thoughts on different placard designs. For more information, contact Jillian Henze.


Survey on New Overtime Rules: Make Your Voice Heard!

We are collecting important information on the impact the new overtime rule will have on the restaurant industry and what steps our members are taking to comply. We encourage you to urge your members to take the survey by Nov. 18. Responses are anonymous, completely confidential and incredibly valuable to our efforts.


Cask & Trotter and Pellegrino’s Event Center on DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online! 

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Co-hosts Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz interview Steve Klotz, owner of Cask & Trotter, in Seattle and Lynnwood. Andy and Paul then chat with Maria Pellegrino, event planner at Pellegrino’s Event Center, in Tumwater.


Eye on Hospitality: Obama Era Labor Regulations May Be Trumped

It is highly likely that once Donald Trump is in the White House, come Jan. 20, 2017, some of the most burdensome regulations of the Obama era will bite the dust. All eyes are now on the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), which has made rules in areas like on overtime and tip pooling that have been highly unpopular in the hospitality industry. Read more…